Movie Review

Movie review: The MCU returns to the big screen with ‘Black Widow’

Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have been waiting a long time for a Black Widow solo film — and I’m not just talking about how this film’s release date was pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Black Widow made her first appearance in the MCU back in 2010

Why ‘Loki’ shouldn’t answer all the questions it raises

I thought WandaVision on Disney+ was really trippy, but it’s got nothing on Loki. So far the show has delved into time travel, cosmic beings who control events throughout history, and variant copies of the same people from multiple realities — and this is just the first two episodes.  The

Coming back to the movies

Over Memorial Day weekend, I had a chance to go to my local theater to watch the Disney live action Cruella movie. While this was not the first movie I’ve seen in a theater since the COVID shutdown in March 2020, it was a special moment, because this was the

After all this waiting, will the Black Widow solo film feel underwhelming?

On July 9, 2021, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will (presumably) get a chance to watch the new Black Widow movie. I use the word “presumably” because this poor movie has been through quite a convoluted journey on its way to theaters.  This movie was originally slated for a May 2020

A movie marathon long ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

As a longtime Star Wars fan, I’ve written countless articles over the years about my favorite franchise. The world doesn’t necessarily need another Ashley Pauls Star Wars blog entry, but here it is anyway!  This past week, I had a chance to check off an item that’s been on my

So long, 2020: Reflections on pop culture in a weird and wild year

At the beginning of 2020, I was feeling what I’d call “stubbornly optimistic” about the year ahead. 2019 hadn’t been the best year for me personally, and I was excited for a fresh start. There were going to be tons of cool new movies to blog and podcast about. There

Disney announcement recap: What I’m most hyped for

A while back, I blogged about canceling my Disney+ account. Not permanently, of course, but I did feel like it was time for a break. In my first year with the streaming service, I hadn’t watched it as much as I thought I would, and I wanted to try out

’Tis the season…for cheesy Netflix holiday films!

’Twas the month before Christmas, And on your TV An explosion of contentSo bright and cheer-y! Let’s deck the halls with tinselAnd plot twists so cheesyIt’s Netflix holiday season…And time to get streaming! That’s right — the holiday season is officially here, and that means your Netflix feed is now overwhelmed with

Frightful philosophy: Rethinking my assumptions about the horror genre

For many years, there were two film genres I didn’t want anything to do with: Westerns and horror. I was convinced these two genres had nothing to offer me personally as a film fan, and when someone would recommend a Western or a horror film to me, I’d try to

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